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Flakes: Softball Opening Weekend, Walk-On Family and GIFs

Flakes previews Husker softball's tough opening weekend and looks at an Iowa kid who came back to carry on his family tradition of walking on to Husker football. We also look at one sportswriter's solution to Nick Saban's offensive coordinator problem. Also, flight attendants have a much harder job than any of us realize.

Tai Webster with the ball vs Northwestern 2017 David McGee

Today is a quiet one on the Husker sports calendar but Thursday sees the opening game for softball as well as games for the men's (8 p.m.) and women's (7 p.m.) hoopsters. Both basketball teams face off against Wisconsin with the women on the road at Madison and the men at the Vault.

It will be a challenging opening weekend for Nebraska softball. They face several top teams, but don't feel too bad for them. They get to spend time in sunny Mexico.

Husker softball opens the season in Mexico
With just two starting position players returning from last year’s team that made it to an NCAA Regional Revelle admits there are a lot of question marks.

BYU softball: tough challenge awaits BYU in season opening tournament | Deseret News
To open the 2017 season, BYU softball travels to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to participate in the 2017 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge against four of the top teams in the nation...

Softball coaching duo begins 25th season - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
As players and coaches, Rhonda Revelle and Lori Sippel have participated in 94 percent of Nebraska's victories in the NCAA era

Spoiler alert. There is a Husker on this list (and her sister, but she doesn't count because she's not a Husker)

2017 NCAA softball preview -- Counting down the top 25 players in the country
Stars across America

Don't look now, but there is another Edwards sister representing Husker softball...

Huskers plan to fight Big Ten powers with power in returning All-American MJ Knighten | Big Red Today |
Nebraska has a big bopper who clobbers pitches like few others in college softball, and coach Rhonda Revelle plans to give her as many at-bats as possible.

Husker softball aims for College World Series with young team | Sports |
After finishing its 2016 season with a 35-21 record, Nebraska’s softball team is looking to make some significant improvements for its 2017 season.

Corn Flakes

Cue the superhero walk-on stories...

Yet another Lingenfelter to be part of Husker football program | News |
Ben Lingenfelter of Cherokee, Iowa, will be on the football team next season at Nebraska.

Huskers soak in central Nebraska | KHGI
A group of Husker football players spending the weekend in central Nebraska as part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Husker tour. Stops in Kearney, Holdrege, and Lexington for Bo Kitrell, Zach Darlington, and Carlos and Khalil Davis.A chance for the

Husker track looks to improve as a team after individual success | Sports |
It was a long weekend at the Devaney Center, which hosted the 42nd annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.

Iran lifts ban, ex-Husker Jordan Burroughs can wrestle in world championships | Wrestling |
Iran has switched course and decided to allow American wrestlers to compete in a high-profile international tournament this month.

Houchin Helps Huskers Defeat Iowa - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The Power of Pink was with the 20th-ranked Nebraska women's gymnastics team as it defeated No. 22 Iowa at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Sunday afternoon 196.825-195.725. In front of a sea of pink shirts, the Huskers exhibited a spectacular performance, earning a number of career and season-high scores.

Healthy Schreiber could be critical for Husker hopes | Baseball |
Asked how to avoid a late-season swoon at the plate this season, Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad said a healthy Scott Schreiber in the lineup is as critical as cheese

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Grabs popcorn...

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Then There's This

Jif. Jif. Jif. Not Gif.

Merriam Webster updates tech word list—and you will believe which ones were added | Ars Technica
Includes "net neutrality" and "EpiPen"; still on the sidelines about how to say "GIF."

Flight Attendants Train to Spot Human Trafficking - NBC News
Airline Ambassadors teaches flight attendants how to spot the signs of human and sex trafficking.